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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Usual Place

The old school looking shop house with metal grills and red brown bricks down at the corridoors of Blk 346 Jurong East gave me a flash back of my child hood days of how shop houses used to look like.

The Usual Place
With such a nostalgic feel, the Usual Place cafe interior is said quite closed to my heart with simple furnishings in a industrial theme interior catering to about 40 seats. Nestled in an Neighbourhood Estate that I'm most familiar with, The Usual Place is just about 10 minutes walk away from Chinese Garden MRT Station.

The Usual Place Interior
This place serves comfort western food at an affordable pricing in a cozy environment. I came to know of this place when I heard that Aglio Olio costs only $4.90 per plate. It's no gimmick as the serving is pretty normal. Let's check out what I have ordered. :)

Menu
Generous ice cubes and mint leaves made up majority of the drink with soda water and Yuzu Zest. A refreshing cooler that stands up among the rest of the beverages in the menu.

Yuzu Mint - $4
Appetizers like this chef recommended Calarmari Rings is a noteworthy item to try out. Served with tartar sauce, these deep fried calamari rings were simply addictive especially with herbs added in its batter. Having lemon juice squeezed over them had also elevated the taste. One good point to note was that it was not too greasy even though it was deep fried.

Crispy Calamari Rings - $6.50
Salted Egg Prawn Pasta came with 5 pieces of fresh prawns in relatively medium size without being too artificial. It's creamy salted egg sauce was the bomb! Addictive and absolutely delicious to someone like me who enjoy salted egg yolk flavours. The cream base salted egg yolk amount was proportioned to the spaghetti. No complains but a rather interesting combination with a little bit spiciness.

Salted Egg Prawn Pasta - $12.90
Another chef recommended item on the menu! The Usual Burger comprises of their homemade beef patty stacked together with melted cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and fried egg. Just too bad that the side were over done.

The Usual Burger - $13.90
Besides having cakes as a choice for desserts, you get to have a chance to taste their waffle that falls under the SWEETS section of their menu. There is two types of Waffles to choose from, Banana and S'more Waffle and we had the latter. Waffle was homemade by order basis topped with vanilla ice cream and decorated in chocolate sauce drizzles.

S'more Waffle - $7.50
The special part of the waffle was not just about the sprinkling of its icing powder but the burnt marshmallows that left the impression. With such, it reminds me of how BBQ marshmallow is, leaving a thin crisp exterior yet sticky and clinging onto the waffle.

Sticky Marshmallows
Service is seen polite with friendly smiles. Besides that servers are efficient and tables were cleared promptly. It's good to have such cafe in the neighborhood like this, it gives us another option to hang out with my friends without burning a hole our pockets as no GST and Service Charge is required here.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

The Usual Place
Location: 346 Jurong East Street 31 #01-73 Singapore 600346